This week, Saudi Arabia kicked off its first training camp for the women’s futsal soccer team, which is expected to provide much-needed training for the women’s team, which will take part in the third Gulf game, to be held in Kuwait. in May, while as well as the third West Asia Futsal Championship for Women in June. Under the supervision of Croatian coach Mato Stankovic, the camp will offer technical and physical training sessions with the aim of raising the physical and technical level of the players. The second phase of the program will run from April 16-25.
“Our goal now is for the national team to be fully prepared to participate in the Gulf Games in Kuwait, as well as the most important event for us is to participate in the West Asian Championship, which will be a main core for our participation in the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers and upcoming sports participations,” Alia Al-Rasheed, general supervisor of women’s national teams, said in a press release.
The Kingdom’s focus on supporting women’s participation in sport has been unwavering, and the creation of this new camp is part of its ongoing efforts. Since 2019, futsal’s biggest sibling, football has been gaining momentum with women across Saudi Arabia and in January this year, women’s football received a boost by hosting its first-ever national league. This was part of a wider strategy to develop the country’s coaches and referees and the creation of the women’s national football team. A total of 16 teams would have participated in the league.
“Starting the league was a goal since we started working alongside government bodies. […] Today, the dream is realized. Today, we saw joy among the women, not only from the women who won the title but also from all the women who participated in the championship because participating in this competition was a dream for them,” said said Ibrahim Al Kassim, the secretary general of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF), was quoted in a fifa.com article.